Swell mob

well dressed thieves and swindlers, regarded collectively.
- Dickens.
See under Mob.

See also: Mob, Swell

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
At last, after a careful examination of the contents of the windows, made for the purpose of impressing the bystanders with the notion that he is going in to purchase a diamond bracelet or some such trifle, he enters, trying to do so with a careless swagger, and giving himself really the air of a member of the swell mob. When inside he speaks in so low a voice as to be perfectly inaudible, and has to say it all over again.
A general recollection that this was the kind of thing the Police said to the swell mob, caused Mr.
The most admired of these boy-men, pickpocket-burglars were described as being members of the Swell mob, a loose, and probably semi-mythological, group of prosperous thieves who dressed stylishly, lived in the best parts of town and cruised the streets of London with their girls on their arms, flaunting their success in the hierarchies of the criminal underworld.
the officers at Marlborough street say that he makes more than any other of the swell mob. Nelson certainly did exist, and indeed was sentenced to transportation at the Westminster sessions in December 1836, but his significance borne out by this description lies in this illustration of a particular stereotype of the juvenile criminal.